We are excited to be supporting the LA Film Festival’s new “LA Muse” section, which features films that use Los Angeles as a point of inspiration. The collection of films in this section is remarkably varied, spanning multiple genres and representing a range of cultural perspectives. Below is a listing of all the screenings. We hope you have the chance to see some of these exceptional works.

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Dreams-Are-Colder-Than-DeathDreams Are Colder than Death
(USA, 52 mins)
Directed By: Arthur Jafa
Producers: Onye Anyanwu, Alexandra Johnes, Kahlil Joseph, Asa Mader, Arthur Jafa
Cinematographers: Arthur Jafa, Malik Sayeed, Hans Charles
Editors: Kahlil Joseph, Lashawn McGhee, Antony Langdon
Music: Melvin Gibbs
Cast: Hortense Spillars, Fred Moten, Saidiya Hartman, Kathleen Cleaver, Kara Walker, Arthur Fielder, Jr., Nicole Fleetwood, Samuel Young, Wangechi Mutu

50 years have passed since the fabled March on Washington where Dr. Martin Luther King presented his dream. Now, the hopes and utopian desires of that dream have faded, leaving behind stains of diminished expectations and ancient, undying terrors.

What does it mean to be black in America today? Director and legendary cinematographer Arthur Jafa tears at the epistemological roots of this question with hypnotic imagery, lyrical grace and an epic narration by a host of artistic visionaries, thought leaders and uncommon folks, including Kara Walker, Hortense Spillers, Fred Moten, Kathleen Cleaver, Charles Burnett, Wangechi Mutu, Saidiya Hartman and Melvin Gibbs, among others.

Tue, Jun 17th 7:00pm
Regal Cinemas 12

 

Eat-With-Me

 Eat With Me
(USA, 2013, 95 mins, DCP)
World Premiere
Directed By: David Au
Screenwriter: David Au
Producers: Joyce Liu-Countryman, Michelle Ehlen
Cinematographer: Amanda Treyz
Editor: David Au
Music: Unobahn, Hit The Ground Running, Sam David
Cast: Sharon Omi, Teddy Chen Culver, Nicole Sullivan, George Takei, Aidan Bristow, Jamila Alina, Ken Narasaki, Scott Keiji Takeda, Burt Grinstead

Feeling invisible in her bland marriage, Emma moves in with her son, Elliot, into his downtown L.A. loft. Elliot, a young chef, is facing foreclosure on his lackluster Chinese restaurant–and he’s gay. Emma’s disapproval has made strangers of mother and son, but the two need each other now more than ever, as Emma explores her newfound freedom–with the encouragement of a saucy new friend–and Elliot confronts his fears of intimacy. Words may fail them, but they find a common language through food.

This auspicious directorial debut from David Au offers a fresh take on life, love and food in the heart of Los Angeles. This deliciously emotional and redemptive story is supported by an endearing cast led by Sharon Omi, Teddy Chen Culver, Nicole Sullivan and a cameo with Star Trek legend George Takei.

Sun, Jun 15th 4:30pm
Regal Cinemas 8

 

 Echo-ParkEcho Park
(USA, 2014, 88 mins, HDCam)
Directed By: Amanda Marsalis
Screenwriter: Catalina Aguilar Mastretta
Producers: Anthony Okungbowa, Eric Hayes
Cinematographer: Jason McCormick
Editors: Nina Lucia, Greg O’Bryant
Music: Christopher H. Knight
Cast: Mamie Gummer, Anthony Okungbowa, Maurice Compte, Ricky Rico, Gale Harold, Helen Slater
Desperate to jar herself from the rich tedium of picture-perfect Beverly Hills, Sophie moves across town to another world: Echo Park. She quickly strikes an unexpected connection with Alex, a handsome neighbor and British expat who is reluctantly selling his beloved home to move back to London. As the summer passes, a romance driven by uncertainty compels them to reassess where each belongs.

Photographer Amanda Marsalis’ directorial debut vibrantly captures the subtleties of privilege and difference. Mamie Gummer and Anthony Okungbowa imbue their characters with complexity and intrigue, while Jason McCormick’s lensing captures the vibrancy and mysterious possibilities of Echo Park.

Sat, Jun 14th 6:45pm
Regal Cinemas 11

 

The-Ever-After

The Ever After
preceded by The Lion’s Mouth Opens
(Australia, USA, 2014, 87 mins)
World Premiere
Directed By: Mark Webber
Screenwriters: Teresa Palmer, Mark Webber
Producers: Mark Webber, Teresa Palmer
Cinematographer: Patrice Lucien Cochet
Editor: Sven Pape
Music: Moby
Cast: Teresa Palmer, Mark Webber, Melissa Leo, Phoebe Tonkin, Joshua Leonard

Ava and Thomas live–to outside eyes–the good life, complete with a child and a lovely home in Los Angeles, but something is lost. Ava has placed her acting career on hold to play the mother and good wife, while Thomas’ job as a fashion photographer puts him in dangerously tempting situations. When trauma strikes, they must confront their innermost vulnerabilities to recover their disintegrating marriage.

Shot with fearless clarity, Mark Webber’s third feature film is a provocative and nuanced portrait of marital life, where the love and happiness of the ever after are as elusive as faith. Taut storytelling and intensely inhabited characters blur fiction and reality; even in their moments of loneliness and alienation, Teresa Palmer and Webber’s chemistry is palpable. Their performances are bolstered by co-stars Melissa Leo, Rosario Dawson and Moby, who also contributes to the soundtrack.

Thu, Jun 12th 6:15pm
Regal Cinemas 11

 

Holbrook-TwainHolbrook/Twain: An American Odyssey
(USA, 2014, 90 mins, DCP)
Directed By: Scott Teems
Producer: Laura D. Smith
Cinematographer: Rodney Taylor
Editor: Anthony Innarelli
Music: Heather McIntosh
Featuring: Hal Holbrook, Sean Penn, Martin Sheen, Emile Hirsch, Cherry Jones, Robert Patrick, Annie Potts

 

Hal Holbrook’s Mark Twain is an icon of American theater. Since first walking on stage in 1954, Holbrook has performed his one-man show Mark Twain Tonight! for millions on and off Broadway, in all fifty states, in twenty countries, before five U.S. Presidents and behind the Iron Curtain. Countless actors and Twain scholars have been influenced by Holbrook’s work and his Tony and Emmy Award-winning masterpiece.

In this starkly shot documentary, director Scott Teems takes the audience backstage as Holbrook transforms into Twain. Teems’ candid interviews with Holbrook illuminate the actor’s gifts, but frankly confront the shortcomings of the man. Additional interviews with Sean Penn, Cherry Jones, Martin Sheen, Emile Hirsch and others give the audience a behind-the-scenes look at this remarkable odyssey.

Sun, Jun 15th 1:20pm
Regal Cinemas 8

 

inner-demonsInner Demons
(USA, 2013, 86 mins, DCP)
World Premiere
Directed By: Seth Grossman
Screenwriter: Glenn Gers
Producer: Robin Schorr
Executive Producers: Dan Seligmann, Chris Ferguson
Cinematographer: Chapin Hall
Editor: Jeff Seibenick
Music: Adam Balazs
Cast: Lara Vosburgh, Morgan McClellan, Colleen McGrann, Christopher Parker, Brian Flaherty, Kate Whitney, Richard Wilkinson, John Cragen, Susan Ateh, Ashley Sutton

When the teenage daughter of a religious family transforms from A-student into heroin addict, her parents agree to allow a reality TV crew to stage an intervention and tape her recovery. What they don’t know is that she has been taking drugs to deal with the unnatural, evil feelings growing inside her. When she agrees to rehab, with no drugs to suppress what’s inside, the demon emerges.

Exploring the blurry lines between addiction, possession and mental illness, director Seth Grossman refreshes the horror genre with a grounded, layered story of a young girl’s battle against demonic possession. Inner Demons utilizes the reality show format to good effect, opting for minimal but effective special effects that contribute to the film’s mood of gnawing dread that the worst is yet to come.

Fri, Jun 13th 10:00pm
Regal Cinemas 9

 

Los Ángeles - On the FieldLos Angeles
(Germany, Mexico, 2014, 97 mins, DCP)
In Zapotec, Spanish with English subtitles
Directed By: Damian John Harper
Screenwriter: Damian John Harper
Producers: Jonas Weydemann, Jakob D. Weydemann
Cinematographer: Friede Clausz
Editor: Lorna Hoefler-Steffen
Music: Gregor Bonse
Cast: Mateo Bautísta Matías, Marcos Rodriguez Ruíz, Lidia García, Daniel Bautista, Donaciano Bautista Matías

The perilous ambitions for a better life weigh heavy on the youth of a Zapotec community in rural Oaxaca. Young Mateo plans to raise money for the coyote who will smuggle him across the border and ingratiates himself with the local gang, seeking protection on the other side. Yet when his conscience catches up with him, not even the fearless mothers of their agrarian village can protect him. Forced to gather his courage and embark on a suicidal journey, Mateo’s goal becomes less a physical destination and more a dangerous rite of passage.

Damian John Harper’s directorial debut subverts the conventions of the gang genre and transcends the ethnographic approach by knitting together the multiple perspectives of his diverse characters, who are magnetically played by non-actors.

Sat, Jun 14th 3:45pm
Regal Cinemas 11

 

NightingaleNightingale
(USA, 2014, 83 mins, HDCam)
World Premiere
Directed By: Elliott Lester
Screenwriter: Frederick Mensch
Producer: Josh Weinstock, Katrina Wolfe
Executive Producer: Lucas Akoskin
Cinematographer: Pieter Vermeer
Editor: Nicholas Wayman-Harris
Music: Mark D. Todd
Cast: David Oyelowo

Peter Snowden just wanted to invite his war buddy over for dinner one night, but his mother wouldn’t let him–just another frustration the put-upon Iraq war veteran has to deal with. To compensate, Peter lives his life as a series of furious and gripping monologues, cajoling, wheedling and crying out at the universe for answers.

That’s the kind of demand placed on star David Oyelowo, who responds with a bravura solo performance as a veteran unraveling thread by thread. With no other actor in the frame, Oyelowo leads us down the rabbit hole of Peter’s traumatized psyche, where rage and sorrow ultimately lead to acceptance. Nightingale is a tour du force for Oyelowo, whose ability to morph before our eyes makes Lester’s feature a bold and satisfying cinematic achievement.

Tue, Jun 17th 9:15pm
Regal Cinemas 11

 

The-Road-WithinThe Road Within
(2014, 102 mins)
Directed By: Gren Wells
Screenwriter: Gren Wells
Producers: Bradley Gallo, Michael A. Helfant, Robert L. Stein, Brent Emery, Guy J. Louthan
Cinematographer: Christopher Baffa
Editor: Terel Gibson
Music: John Debney & the Newton Brothers
Cast: Robert Sheehan, Dev Patel, Zoë Kravitz, Robert Patrick, Kyra Sedgwick

Vincent, a young man with Tourette’s Syndrome, faces drastic changes after his mother dies. Because his politician father is too ashamed of the disorder to have Vincent accompany him on the campaign, Vincent is shuttled off to an unconventional clinic. There he finds unexpected community with an obsessive-compulsive roommate and an anorexic young woman, and romance eventually–and uneasily–follow.

One of Variety’s “10 Directors to Watch,” screenwriter Gren Wells makes her directorial debut with this ambitious yet light-hearted coming-of-age tale about the potent medicine we all carry within ourselves. The film is packed with a talented ensemble, from emerging talents Zoë Kravitz, Dev Patel and Robert Sheehan to beloved veterans Kyra Sedgwick and Robert Patrick.

Wed, Jun 18th 9:30pm
Regal Cinemas 8

 

SupremacySupremacy
preceded by Una Y Otra Y Otra Vez
(USA, 2013, 104 mins, HDCam)
Directed By: Deon Taylor
Screenwriter: Eric J. Adams
Producer: Roxanne Avent
Cinematographer: Rodney Taylor
Editor: Richard Molina
Music: Michael Einziger
Cast: Joe Anderson, Dawn Olivieri, Danny Glover, Lela Rochon, Anson Mount, Evan Ross, Derek Luke

He was free for a day. Within hours of being released from 14 years of solitary confinement in maximum-security Pelican Bay State Prison, Garrett Tully is on the run again. When he finds a house off a dirt road and takes a family hostage, he thinks the Aryan Brotherhood has his back–and his kidnap victims are black. The family’s patriarch, Mr. Walker, is a jaded ex-con who hates cops so much he disavowed his own son for becoming one. Seeing a familiar desperation in Tully, Walker refuses to call the authorities for help, causing familial tensions to escalate, and soon grave missteps are made.

With a powerful ensemble cast led by Danny Glover, director Deon Taylor deftly crafts a disquieting psychological thriller about race, family and loyalty in terms far from black and white.

Thu, Jun 12th 9:45pm
Regal Cinemas 8

 

Trouble-Dolls

Trouble Dolls
preceded by Floating
(USA, 2014, 77 mins, DCP)
World Premiere
Directed By: Jennifer Prediger, Jess Weixler
Screenwriters: Jennifer Prediger, Jess Weixler
Producers: Kim Leadford, Daniel McCarney, Felipe Dieppa
Cinematographer: Daniel Sharnoff
Editor: Arturo Sosa
Music: Thomas Bartlett
Cast: Jennifer Prediger, Jess Weixler, Will Forte, Megan Mullally, Jeffrey Tambor

Olivia and Nicole are codependent roommates who are definitely going to make it; They’re just not sure how. When they get evicted from their shoebox apartment in Manhattan–conceptual art just doesn’t cover the rent–they boldly take off to L.A. and the promise of sunshine. As one door slams shut, another opens–a tarot card reading later, the duo decide to take their performance art sensibilities to the mainstream by auditioning for a reality TV talent show.

This madcap buddy film marks the screenwriting and directorial debuts of costars and real-life friends Jennifer Prediger (seen in Uncle Kent and L.A. Film Fest alum Red Flag) and Jess Weixler (known for Teeth andThe Good Wife). Strong comedic performances by Megan Mullally, Jeffrey Tambor and Will Forte reveal the vulnerability behind even their most bizarre behavior.

Sun, Jun 15th 3:30pm
Regal Cinemas 9